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Poster: jackstraw86 Date: Jan 11, 2010 10:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

Stella Blue was like that for me the first time I heard it. Made me cry when it all rolled into one. But the really weird one was what happened when I first played Ripple for my mom. She pretty much stuck to the oldies (she's 75) but when I played Ripple for her back in the 80s she was immediately taken with the melody. She said it was such a familiar and homey tune that she felt she already knew it even though she'd never heard it before. She was humming the melody almost immediately after I started playing it. Just one of those "things".

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Poster: DianaW Date: Jan 11, 2010 11:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

I think most people who hear Ripple for the first time feel that way. These songs were not written so much as discovered. It's all a dream we dreamed one afternoon, long ago.

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Poster: cush212 Date: Jan 11, 2010 11:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

Box of Rain would be another. Hunter wrote it when Phil's father passed. I remember reading him saying something to the extent of "Words never flowed from the pen such as these did"...

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Poster: GennyBenni Date: Jan 11, 2010 12:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Box_of_rain

The "Lyrics" section contains the following quote from Hunter: "If ever a lyric 'wrote itself,' this did—as fast as the pen would pull."

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Poster: cush212 Date: Jan 11, 2010 12:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

Yep... That's what I meant...

:)

I do not recognize you name here GennyBenni... Job well done!

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jan 11, 2010 4:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

Skippy--

Funny you mentioned the funeral request for "Brokedown", as I have mentioned that to my wife as well...I think it's the perfect, ultimate 'farewel" song...what's amazing to me is that I love that song with all my heart and it moves me deeply (especially when played and sung well), but I'm not at all a religious person. Is that weird? The song seems to have obvious religious overtones, but to me it's more spiritual in nature. It's just lovely, that much I know...and the metaphor for the body being the "brokedown palace" that we all eventually have to leave behind seems one of the truest things ever written. (Thanks, R. Hunter)

As for the other songs that move me as much, I always say that I have a "holy Trinity" of Dead tunes (again, odd given my agnostic nature that I use that term). They are:

SCARLET BEGONIAS, EYES OF THE WORLD, and BIRDSONG.

Those songs are special to me in a way words can't really describe.

p.s. Another fine "Brokedown" is from the Ravenspace show of 4/19/82....a picture perfect rendition marred only by Bobby breaking in at one point to warn a fan to "be careful up there"...I guess some guy was climbing on something he shouldn't have been, but I wish Bobby hadn't decided to admonish him mid-tune...still, it's a very brief moment, and Jerry doesn't break stride and all...it's an outstandingly beautiful version, especially with Brent's harmonies thrown in.

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Poster: Skippy61 Date: Jan 11, 2010 8:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brokedown Palace

Well my friend i can well and truly identify. I was raised in a pretty religious home and when I left much of the formal part stayed there. I am however a deeply spiritual person and this song and the others you mentioned stir my soul.

"Listen to the river sing sweet songs to rock my soul"

That line alone is such a beautiful thing. Mr.Hunter could have layed his pen down after this song. Thank God he didn't though!!

Peace:Skippy